Child Prostitution is not a victimless crime. The average age for youth being recruited for prostitution is 13-14 years old. 90% of sexually exploited and trafficked youth have a history of abuse, neglect or trauma. 50-60% of them are in the foster care system. Child prostitutes routinely experience physical, verbal, emotional, sexual abuse and most display symptoms of severe PTSD.
Sexual exploitation is driven by the demand for commercial sex. According to Justice Dept. statistics, Seattle ranks 3rd world-wide in child prostitution. But Seattle is also a very progressive city and has also become a world leader in developing innovative responses to the crisis with an emphasis on harm reduction. Over the past 2 years leaders in King County have collaborated and developed innovative programs to respond to victims and prevent future victims. Learn how leaders in criminal justice, social services, government, business, philanthropy, and survivors of prostitution have joined forces to implement effective programs that declare: Not on Our Watch!
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